2nd Sunday of Epiphany : “Feast of Our LORD & Giver of Life” | January 15, 2023

Theme: “Go and Proclaim the Life of Christ”

First Reading: Genesis 1: 26-28

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 2: 1-3,4-6,7-9,10-12

Second Reading: Romans 8: 35-39

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 1-5

Homily by +Bp. Raymundo Abogatal Jr., Interim Bishop of the Diocese of Visayas

In today’s Sunday Mass Homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, +Bp. Raymundo reminds us that we should know God’s calling for us.

Our calling is to have dominion, to be fruitful, and multiply. The gifts that God has given to us will enhance us to share His word. But there are hindrances that make us struggle in doing our mission- our sins, disobedience, and work. But God does not change His plan because He is the God of purpose.

So we are encouraged to direct our energy, potential, and power, to the purpose of God. Bp. Raymundo reminded us that the apostles of Christ were not idle, but they were fruitful in their tasks. We shouldn’t be intimidated nor discouraged because God uses ordinary people who are available and willing – like many of the disciples whose natural gifting was to be fishermen. We should not look at the awesomeness of the task but at the awesomeness of our God.

Thus, we should move in spite of opposition because the Lord is with us. God calls us and demands a response. You are called to minister and to share the word of God.

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